"Thank you all for the privilege of participating in the Letters About Literature contest. I hope every student that participates will appreciate how much effort goes into making this possible. Reading and writing are often overlooked skills in today's society, but I hope that with your continued efforts people will regain this meaningful form of expression." —Kathryn Williams, 2010 Level 3 winner
The Kansas Center for the Book in conjunction with the State Library of Kansas is proud to promote and oversee Kansas' involvement with Letters About Literature. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotional program for children & young adults.
Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is in partnership with Target Stores. Cooperation with affiliate state Centers for the Book insure the project's success.
View the Library of Congress Letters About Literature Website
To enter, students (grades 4-12) write a personal letter to an author, living or deceased, from any genre explaining how that author's work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.
Three competition levels:
- Level 1 grades 4 - 6
- Level 2 grades 7 - 8
- Level 3 grades 9 - 12
Winners, announced in the spring of each year, receive cash and gift card awards at the state level and gift card awards at the national level, plus each wins a grant for their community or school library at the national level.
The Kansas Letters About Literature project
The Kansas Center for the Book promotes reading and libraries, fosters statewide literary activities, and seeks to stimulate public interest in the educational and cultural role of the book, authorship and writing. As a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Kansas Center for the Book is a nonprofit, tax-exempt program of the State Library of Kansas.
Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation, gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.